The National Assembly House hosted a public hearing organised by the Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management Committee on the "Bill amending and modifying the Law on Incentives in Agriculture and Rural Development".
Committee Chairman Marijan Risticevic said that the public hearing was organised because it was observed that certain changes to the Bill amending and modifying the Law on Incentives in Agriculture and Rural Development were necessary and invited the participants to a constructive discussion, so that the proposals resulting from it could be shaped into amendments the Committee would present at the plenary session of the National Assembly. As Risticevic pointed out, this will improve the proposed law and make it more expedient.
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management Jelena Tanaskovic addressed the members of the Committee, MPs and representatives of agricultural producers present at the public hearing. Speaking about the Bill amending and modifying the Law on Incentives in Agriculture and Rural Development, she stated that following a series of consultations, the need emerged for a systemic change in eAgrar. The idea to improve eAgrar refers to speeding up the administration in order to make it easier for agricultural producers to access the funds intended for the current year. She added that the payment of subsidies to farmers per hectare will begin on 24 April 2023, that is, three weeks after the issuance of the public invitation. Speaking about eAgrar, she stressed the need to gather information in one place in order to control and manage the intended funds, as well as to ensure a faster Ministry reaction with adequate measures that would help farmers, depending on the needs of different regions of Serbia. "All the information and registers that are and will be found in eAgrar will help us to be more operational, more specific in the preparation of the budget and its analyses," said Tanaskovic. The Minister spoke of the increase in subsidies for plant and milk production, as well as about the legal framework and the transfer of rights in the case of death of the owner of the farm.
Following the Committee Chairman and Minister’s introductory speeches, Marijan Risticevic ceded the floor to the representatives of agricultural producers, which launched the discussion at the end of which the Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management Committee drafted conclusions which it then sent to the relevant Ministry.